After a rough start, including allowing a safety on its first offensive play and going down 9-0 in the first quarter, New England rallied back on its final drive of the first half, as Tom Brady connected with Danny Woodhead on a 4-yard touchdown with eight seconds left to take a 10-9 lead.
New England methodically drove down the field in the final two minutes, utilizing its great cast of tight ends, on short and medium passes to both the middle and sides of the field. Tom Brady picked apart New York’s defense to the tune of 96 yards in 14 plays in 3:55.
Patriots All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski made his first impact of the game shortly before the two-minute warning, catching a 20-yard pass from Brady down the middle of the field. Aaron Hernandez also was a big factor, as he had four catches on drive.
NBC’s Cris Collinsworth called it one of the great drives he’s seen in the Super Bowl and it was most definitely was. Brady was absolutely clinical on this drive, which tied the Super Bowl record for longest drive.
Brady is 15-for-18 for 147 yards and a score while Eli Manning is 13-for-17 for 120 yards and a touchdown. The Giants are out-gaining the Patriots 182-177.
Now it’s time to sit back and relax and enjoy Madonna and the halftime show. Should be a good one.